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FIFA President Blatter Says Stadium Closures Are 'Excessive' Punishment For Racism

04 / 18 / 14

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has claimed punishing fans' racist behavior by closing stadiums is "extremely dubious" and "unduly excessive," according to the PA. Blatter said that sporting sanctions such as points deductions that "cause real hurt to" clubs are a better punishment than closing part or...

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CONCACAF To Bid To Host 2026 World Cup

Among CONCACAF's "many priorities, one tops the list: hosting the 2026 World Cup," according to David Goldberg J. of LA NACION. CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb said, "Our primary short-term goal is to host a World Cup. It will have been 32 years since CONCACAF last hosted a World Cup (U.S. in '94)." ...

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FA Proposes Ban On Any Football Betting

The FA has proposed that starting next season, participants at Step 4 -- which includes the U.K.'s Northern Premier League, Southern League and Isthmian League -- and above (meaning anyone in England's top eight tiers) will be banned from betting, either directly or indirectly, on any football match ...

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Football Notes

Serie A side Torino’s players "are set for a windfall" totaling €2M ($2.7M) in bonuses, if they can qualify the club for European competition. Between them, the players will receive a total of €2M "through clauses triggered in their contracts, if they can reach the continent for next ...

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Buenos Aires Minister Bans Visiting Fans

Province of Buenos Aires Security Minister Alejandro Granados "contradicted Argentine Security Secretary Sergio Berni" and confirmed that his province "will not readmit visiting football fans," according to CLARIN. Granados said that it would "not make sense to send more police to tend to fans" when ...

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Brazil Airport Renovations Lagging

Work on "crucial" new airport terminals in Brazil ahead of this summer's World Cup "has fallen behind" in most of the dozen Brazilian host cities, "heightening the risk of overcrowding and confusion during the tournament," according to Haynes & Boadle of REUTERS. A temporary canvas terminal will ...

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AFA Says Goal-Line Tech Not In Its Plans

Argentine first division side River Plate coach Ramón Díaz asked following his team's loss in a match on Sunday night against Belgrano -- which featured "an officiating error on a goal by Belgrano" -- for "Argentine football to, for once and for all, use technology to determine whether ...

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Napoli To Remain At San Paolo

Naples Mayor Luigi De Magistris said that Serie A side Napoli "will remain at their current San Paolo home but that the ground will undergo major redevelopment," according to FOOTBALL ITALIA. De Magistris "also revealed that major progress is being made in ensuring that work on the stadium upgr ...

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Lim Offers $412M For Stake In AC Milan

Serie A side AC Milan "is on sale," according to Joaquín Maroto of AS. The club "denied this information weeks ago," but AC Milan co-CEO Barbara Berlusconi "has finally admitted that the club is seeking a partner to acquire 30% of the club." The "first to answer this call is Singapore bu ...

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U.K. Official Puts Pressure On Qatar

Labour Shadow Int'l Development Secretary Jim Murphy said that FIFA and the national FAs of the U.K. "should put pressure on Qatar to improve the 'sub-human' working conditions of thousands of migrant labourers building facilities for the 2022 World Cup," according to Mike Dawes of the London DAILY ...

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Brazil Army Occupies Shantytowns

The Brazilian Armed Forces "occupied a massive compound of slums north of Rio de Janeiro early on Saturday without firing a shot, securing a focal point of violent crime" two months ahead of the World Cup, according to Rodrigo Viga Gaier of REUTERS. Wresting control of the area from drug gangs "was ...

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